Quotations by Author

From Sally Armstrong’s book Ascent of Women (page 67), Farida Shaheed, the prominent Pakistani women’s rights activist, says, “Women are affected by religion throughout the world. Religion has not withered away. It is back and has increased in power, even in Eastern Europe [after the fall of the Soviet Union]. The issue is who does the interpretation of what religion means: religion as faith is the least problematic; as custom, it’s a bigger problem; but as politics, it becomes the most problematic. Religion is being harnessed to further political agendas.”

“It’s often not religious groups who use religion for power,” she says. “It’s used for alliances across the board of very conservative agendas.”

Pema Chodron in When Things Fall Apart:

“It’s not a terrible thing that we feel fear when faced with the unknown. It is part of being alive, something we all share.  We react against the possibility of loneliness, of death, of not having anything to hold on to.  Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” Chapter I

“The trick is to keep exploring and not bail out, even when we find out that something is not what we thought. That’s what we’re going to discover again and again and again. Nothing is what we thought. I can say that with great confidence. Emptiness is not what we thought. Neither is mindfulness or fear. Compassion – not what we thought. Love. Buddha nature. Courage. These are code words for things we don’t know in our minds, but any of us could experience them. These are words that point to what life really is when we let things fall apart and let ourselves be nailed to the present moment.” Chapter I

Lisa Moore‘s character John in February:

“The present is always dissolving into the past, he realized long ago.  The present dissolves.  It gets used up.  The past is virulent and ravenous and everything can be devoured in a matter of seconds.” page 238

The abbot in Louise Penny‘s The Beautiful Mystery(page 372):

“”Dom Clement relates it in his diaries. One of the elders told him that when he was a boy his grand-father came to him one day and said he had two wolves fighting inside him. One was grey, the other black. The grey one wanted his grandfather to be courageous, and patient, and kind. The other, the black one, wanted his grandfather to be fearful and cruel. This upset the boy and he thought about it for a few days then returned to his grandfather. He asked, “Grandfather, which of the wolves will win? … “The one I feed”, said Dom Philippe.”

Also in The Beautiful Mystery(page 277) from Brother Charles, the doctor:

“People die in bits and pieces. A series of petites morts. Little deaths. They lose their sight, their hearing, their independence. Those are the physical ones. But there’re others. Less obvious, but more fatal. They lose heart. They lose faith. They lose interest. And finally, they lose themselves.”


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